Ban or behave?

Source: Frederick News Post
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Date Published: 06/13/2013

Baltimore City Councilman James B. Kraft has introduced a bill that would ban polystyrene foam products such as Styrofoam for carryout food and drink orders. According to a Tuesday (Baltimore) Sun story, the measure would impose fines up to $1,000 on establishments that used Styrofoam for food or drinks that are taken from the premises. It also bans city agencies from buying, acquiring or using these foam products. Styrofoam litter in the form of cups, takeout containers, etc., is widespread in Baltimore, including the harbor, where it is highly visible because it floats. Supporters of this measure claim these foam products are more harmful to the environment than their biodegradable paper counterparts, and that forbidding their use as takeout containers would be a valuable step in reducing Baltimore litter.